Australia v India, 2nd women's T20, Melbourne January 29, 2016

India Women celebrate historic series win


India Women 0 for 69 (Raj 37*, Mandhana 22*) beat Australia Women 8 for 125 (Lanning 49, Goswami 2-16) by 10 wickets (by D/L method)
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India Women created history at the MCG on Friday, where their ten-wicket win resulted in their first bilateral series victory over Australia Women in any format. In a rain-affected T20 contest the Australians reached 8 for 125 from 18 overs, led by captain Meg Lanning with 49, but they failed to take a wicket during the chase and India reached their revised target of 66 with five balls of their allotted 10 overs remaining.

India's bowling was tight and their work in the field was outstanding after Mithali Raj won the toss and sent Australia in. Jhulan Goswami set things off on a fine note by bowling Grace Harris in the first over of the match and she picked up a second wicket when Beth Mooney lofted over the cover fielder Anuja Patil, who ran back with the flight to complete a brilliant catch that left Australia at 2 for 28.

Patil's sharp fielding again came to the fore when she snapped up the ball at short mid-on and threw down the stumps at the non-striker's end to find Ellyse Perry short attempting a quick single, and Australia were 3 for 33. While Lanning was at the crease Australia still had hope of a competitive score, though, and her 70-run partnership with Jess Jonassen steadied the innings.

But the match arguably turned on a piece of great fortune for India when Jonassen drove straight back down the pitch and the ball clipped the fingers of the bowler, Harmanpreet Kaur, and ricocheted back onto the stumps to have Lanning run out for 49 off 39 balls. Jonassen (27) slog-swept a catch to deep midwicket in the same over.

The Australians struggled to find the boundary in their remaining overs and the left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad proved hard to get away, and picked up two wickets in an over. India made a fine start to their chase through Raj and Smriti Mandhana and when rain arrived in the eighth over of the chase they were ahead of the D/L target on 0 for 52.

The rain eventually relented but only to allow a further 2.1 overs with India needing a further 14 runs on the re-adjusted D/L score. Raj and Mandhana cruised to victory with five balls to spare, Raj finishing on 37 from 32 balls and Mandhana on 22 off 24. India had an unassailable 2-0 lead with one match still to play.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

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  • Abraham on January 29, 2016, 20:02 GMT

    That was absolutely awesome ladies ! Hearty congratulations to all of you ! It is time for the BCCI to play a more positive role in supporting and developing Women's Cricket in India. Share some of your wealth with them! Fund more foreign tours, introduce more Women's Cricket Tournaments in India, and include more players in contracts.

  • Ashok on January 29, 2016, 16:17 GMT

    Congrats India for a magnificent series Win! India fielded brilliantly & bowled just as well. Then they followed it up with a fantastic unbeaten opening stand of 69 in 10 overs & were on line for a total of at least 160, if the rain had not interrupted the proceedings. Beating the Aussies twice in their own back yard by showed Guts & glory in this team. Indian Women were treated like "Minnows" & this Series Win shows they can beat the Best! Indian women did not even have an annual contract till this year. New BCCI management showed great courage in believing in Gender equality by awarding contracts which are far less lucrative than for their Men's team. Goswami & Raj are 2 world class Cricketers amongst Women with others not far behind. This augurs well for the future of the Indian Women's Cricket. It is in good hands & I am sure this team will do well in the WC this year. Great show of Grit & determination- Well Done!

  • Piyush on January 29, 2016, 14:12 GMT

    Congrats on a series win Girls.. Well played.. Still no proper (TV) media coverage even after a series win.. It can happen only in India.

  • mahesh on January 29, 2016, 13:30 GMT

    Men in Aus: 4-3, Women in Aus 2-0. Women did not have any practice games and have not played much cricket in australia unlike Men (who are so often there) and still women doing much better. Respect. BCCI, please organise more games for our respected Goddesses. They are really competitive and Need more support.

  • Fictionaliser on January 29, 2016, 13:24 GMT

    Good win by Indian women's team over a very strong Australian team. Australians by nature are very competitive & with special attention to sports since late 80s, they are difficult to beat in any format of any sport. The body language & build of Indian women is generally on the softer side (with few exceptions) as compared to the athleticism, aggression & competitiveness of Australian women. Congrats for this achievement.

  • DeepanSamraj on January 29, 2016, 12:58 GMT

    That's some achievement! Well done team India!!

  • Madhusudhan on January 29, 2016, 12:45 GMT

    Both Men and Women have won their T20 Series. Congratszzz!!

  • spirit on January 29, 2016, 10:51 GMT

    well done girls,fantastic series win

  • Aveek on January 29, 2016, 9:07 GMT

    I'm not sure how smart it was for india to reveal all its cards before the world cup..after all they had a surprise 2013, 50 over world cup took place in india and the hosts were playing at home does not necessarily mean starting as favourites....but one thing is for sure....

  • Cricinfouser on January 29, 2016, 8:32 GMT

    India should take a leaf out of the cricket Australia's book and start a women's cricket league along the lines of WBBL. It will surely give a Filip to the women's game.

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